'The country gets its oxygen back': Bollywood hails Section 377 verdict

lgbpt-afp A supporter of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community takes part in a pride parade in Chennai | AFP

The Supreme Court, on Thursday, legalised gay sex in India by striking down clauses of Section 377 that criminalised gay sex. "Consensual sex between competent adults from the LGBT community is decriminalised," said the Supreme Court, upholding individual freedom and right to privacy. The apex court's decision was hailed on social media with actors, directors and cultural icons joining in to praise the verdict.

Filmmaker Karan Johar was one of the first to put up a tweet. โ€œHistorical judgment!!!! So proud today! Decriminalising homosexuality and abolishing #Section377 is a huge thumbs up for humanity and equal rights! The country gets its oxygen back,โ€ he tweeted.